Details of the inner workings of an alleged massive dial-a-dealer drug syndicate have been revealed after police arrested 18 people in early morning raids on Tuesday.
During the raids detectives also seized 36 phones allegedly used to sell drugs including cocaine that would net $250,000 a week in profits – with one phone alone containing 700 alleged customers.
Three of those arrested are already back on the streets on bail after appearing in court on Wednesday with court documents providing a glimpse into the operations of the alleged syndicate.
‘Hey my fellow patrons we are on delivery and expanded delivery anywhere anytime we have the stuff to make your night and days DYNO as,’ one message sent from an alleged dealer on November 17, 2021 to hundreds of alleged customers reads.
‘Hello ladies and gentlemen snowy back with the best rockiest bags in town,’ another from February 23 this year reads.
One of the messages alleged Alameddine drug dealers belonging to the R4W offshoot sent out to hundreds of Sydneysiders (pictured)
Wessam El Jajieh (pictured) has been accused of being a low level street dealer and was charged with three offences including supply of less than 1g of cocaine. His barrister denied he is involved with the syndicate
Detectives believe street dealers operated under nicknames such as ‘Snowy’ and ‘Chucky’ and were part of an offshoot of the Alameddine network known as R4W or Ready for War, court documents seen by The Daily Telegraph show.
The raids are the result of a 10-month investigation into the drug syndicate allegedly run by Asaad Alahmad, the brother-in-law of alleged Alameddine kingpin Rafat Alameddine.
Detectives on the investigation allege Alahmad discussed with Khaled and Abraham Zreika whether Mohammed Rifai, who uses a wheelchair, could work as dealer.
The three allegedly laughed saying he would be ‘ideal as he would just sit there’.
The three men released on bail on Wednesday are Wessam El Jajieh, Adam Alameddine, and Adam Achrafi with conditions they do not associate with alleged members of the network.
An accused member of the Alameddine crime crew was dragged out of his house by police in just a pair of Bonds underwear during raids in Sydney on Tuesday
Police said alleged customers on the seized phones could expect a visit from officers (pictured: another of the texts sent to alleged customers)
El Jajieh, 22, was charged with three offences including supply of less than 1g of cocaine.
His defence barrister Talal Krayem said he was merely an associate of alleged R4W members and denied he had any involvement in the wider syndicate.
‘With respect to the allegations made in the antecedents in respect to the Alameddine OCN that is denied,’ his barrister told the court.
He added his client lives with his parents, is a laborer and is studying building design and management at Western Sydney University.
‘I would submit it is a weak crown case, there are a number of holes in the case which I’ve alluded to … and the likelihood of a custodial sentence if he was to be convicted is small,’ his barrister said.
Achrafi was also released despite the police prosecutor stating detectives will allege he is one of the leaders of R4W.
Adam Alemeddine, 25, is charged with supply prohibited drugs on an ongoing basis.
‘Even though this is a very long and colourful fact sheet… involvement is very limited to a few days,’ his defence barrister Ahmed Moutasallem said.
‘Your Honour, the association with a criminal group is denied.’
Magistrate James Viney of Burwood Local Court said he was ‘troubled’ as to how prosecutors established he was linked to either the Alameddine syndicate or R4W.
Those arrested in the police raids on Tuesday are aged between 19 and 28 with the exception of one 39-year-old man also taken into custody who is in hospital.
NSW Police Commissioner Karen Webb said she was confident police had ‘cut the head off the snake’, shutting down the syndicate altogether
Director of State Crime Command Detective Chief Superintendent, Darren Bennett says there will be more ‘operational activity planned for this week and this month’.
‘So this is essentially the beginning of it,’ he told ABC tv on Wednesday.
‘This is essentially targeting the root cause of the gangland violence we’re all aware of.
‘We’re going to work hard on these people until they get the message that sort of violence is not acceptable.’
Taskforce Erebus was recently formed with the goal of tackling organised crime in NSW following recent shootings.
One of those arrested on Tuesday was seen in a gold-plated wheelchair (pictured)
One of its roles is to co-ordinate existing operations so police don’t get in each other’s way.
Police began targeting the alleged syndicate last July with the formation of Strike Force Sugarcane.
Mr Bennett said the phones seized in the raids provided a treasure trove of information about drug dealers’ activities.
‘That information will form the basis of a lot of investigations going forward.
‘If you’ve been on those phones you can expect a knock on the door,’ he said.
Competition over the phones is believed to be a factor in a number of shootings as street dealers fought to steal or keep devices and their lucrative client base.
Police are seen speaking with one man arrested in the dawn raids on Tuesday (pictured)
HOW THE UNDERWORLD HAS ERUPTED IN SYDNEY
AUGUST 29, 2020 – Fares Abounader, a Comanchero bikie was shot dead in a drive-by attack as his wife and young child were inside their Panania house.
OCTOBER 4, 2020 – Shaylin Zreika – an associate of the Alameddines – is beaten with a metal bar in a street fight in Strathfield
OCTOBER 18, 2020 – Rafat Alameddine’s former home is shot up in a drive-by shooting
OCTOBER 19, 2020 – Mejid Hamzy is shot dead in Condell Park
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mustafa Naaman is shot dead in Hurstville in a suspected mistaken identity attack on Ibrahem Hamze
JANUARY 30, 2021 – Mejed Derbas is shot dead in Smithfield
FEBRUARY 15, 2021 – Bilal Hamze’s mother Maha Hamze comes under gunfire again in another drive-by shooting at her home in Auburn
MARCH 12, 2021 – A home linked to the Alameddine family in Guildford is shot up
AUGUST 6, 2021 – Alameddine low-level associate Shady Kanj is shot in Chester Hill and found dead by police in Guildford
AUGUST 14, 2021 – Police foil alleged gangland hit on Ibrahem Hamze when they spot stolen Mercedes in North Sydney
OCTOBER 20, 2021 – Salim and Toufik Hamze are gunned down outside their home in Guildford
NOVEMBER 10, 2021 – Drive-by shooting at Guildford home of Alameddine associate. No-one is hurt
JANUARY 6, 2022 – Brother of Bassam Hamzy, Ghassan Amoun, is shot dead at 35 years of age in a brazen daylight execution as he sat in a BMW outside an apartment building in Western Sydney.
APRIL, 4, 2022 – Mahmoud ‘Brownie’ Ahmad aka ‘Mr Big’ is gunned down in a hail of bullets – after being warned by police that he had a million-dollar bounty on his head for his role in deadly shooting in Greenacre.
MAY 10, 2022 – Comanchero bikies with links to the Alameddine clan, Tarek Zahed and his brother Omar were shot at while training at a gym in Auburn. Omar died at the seen while Tarek miraculously survived after being shot 10 times including in the face.
MAY 14: Rami Iskander, 23, was shot in the torso in front of his pregnant wife and two-year-old child at his home on Knox Street at Belmore just before 4am on Saturday. He is the nephew of Brownie Ahmad
MAY 15: NSW Police launch Strikeforce Erebus to try and tackle the growing problem of gang violence with the Australian Federal Police and intelligence agencies partnering with state cops to stop the bloodshed.